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Sport: Report: Everton now eyeing 'tactical geek' amid claims that Benitez is under 'massive pressure'

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  Everton set for potentially season-defining boost in January, fans surely buzzing - opinion Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly ended their pursuit of Everton forward Richarlison.In the final weeks of the summer transfer window, it was revealed that the Ligue 1 giants had identified the highly-rated 24-year-old as a potential replacement for Kylian Mbappe.

Everton could replace Rafael Benitez with Kasper Hjulmand, according to Calciomercato.

Everton, Toffees, Premier League, Kasper Hjulmand © Provided by Transfer Tavern Everton, Toffees, Premier League, Kasper Hjulmand

The lowdown

The Toffees are in the midst of a wretched run of form under the Spaniard, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti in the summer. They have picked up only one point from their past five matches, which leaves them bottom of the Premier League form table.

Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan has claimed that Benitez is now under “massive pressure” to “pull something out of the hat” and potentially save his job (via Football Insider).

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  No other Premier League club spent less in the summerThe start of the Toffees' season has not gone to plan, with them finding themselves mid-table in the Premier League after a loss of form before the international break.

The latest

The report from Calciomercato stated that Everton are considering whether to sack Benitez, who could pay the price for his team’s woes, with Fichajes hinting that the 61-year-old’s job at Goodison Park may be at risk.

According to the Italian outlet, the Toffees already have an eye on a potential successor in the form of Denmark boss Hjulmand.

The verdict

Hjulmand boasts an impressive CV. Last summer, he led the Danes to the semi-finals of the European Championship, taking England all the way to extra time at Wembley less than a month after he and his team had to endure the extreme difficulty of dealing with Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.

Denmark’s strong form continued in World Cup qualifying as they finished with 27 points from a possible 30 to breeze into the final in Qatar next year, so it’s no wonder that he featured on Aston Villa’s shortlist after they parted company with Dean Smith earlier this month.

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  Everton must seal dream move for 29 y/o “monster” compared to Bonucci, Rafa needs him - opinion Premier League side Everton have been linked with a move for Inter Milan centre-back Stefan de Vrij.According to the Liverpool ECHO (who cite 90min), the Toffees are one of three Premier League clubs interested in securing the highly-rated 29-year-old’s signature, with Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur also listed as potential suitors.

The 49-year-old has been described as a ‘tactical geek’, ‘a football idealist’ and above all, a ‘world-class coach’. He took unfashionable Danish club FC Nordsjaelland into the Champions League in 2012 and has won 17 of his 25 matches in charge of the country’s national team.

If Benitez can’t turn things around at Everton and is given the chop, Hjulmand looks like he’d be a worth a shot.

In other news, this Everton trio struggled against Brentford


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